13: Master Exercise Practitioners

Many Ohio District 3 ARES members have participated in one or more emergency exercises with their county, hospital, airport or business.  Many of these exercises are planned and evaluated by FEMA certified Master Exercise Practitioners, or MEPs.

MEPs start by taking nine Emergency Management Institute Independent Study courses, followed by a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) course at the Ohio EMA.  Finally, qualified MEP candidates are selected to attend the three week long Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

MEPP selectees have their room and transportation paid, but must buy EMI meal tickets while at the institute.  Anyone completing the MEPP may add the letters MEP after their name.  I bring this up because retired ARES members might be good candidates for the program.  The 2013 EMI application window for the MEPP begins May 1st and ends July 1st.

For complete information on the MEPP, visit http://training.fema.gov .